FAmSCo election rules

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== Seats on FAmSCo ==
 
== Seats on FAmSCo ==
  
There are 7 seats on FAmSCo, of which 5 must be filled at all times.  A replacement election must be called immediately if number of active committee members drops below 5.
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There are 7 seats on FAmSCo, of which 5 must be filled at all times.  A supplementary election must be called immediately if number of active committee members drops below 5 in order to fill the committee's size back up to 7.
 
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{{admon/warning | What does "replacement" refer to? Blank seats or the entire committee? Please clarify here -- [[User:Susmit|susmit]]}}
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== Candidates ==
 
== Candidates ==
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Candidates may be any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System. This helps ensure FAmSCo members have some experience with the processes of Fedora Ambassadors, but still allows relatively new contributors to sit on FAmSCo and bring fresh ideas to the table.
 
Candidates may be any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System. This helps ensure FAmSCo members have some experience with the processes of Fedora Ambassadors, but still allows relatively new contributors to sit on FAmSCo and bring fresh ideas to the table.
  
Candidates must self-nominate before the close of the announced nomination period by appending '''(alphabetically -- [[User:Susmit|susmit]])'''  '''(in the order the nomination was made is my personal preference -- [[User:Inode0|inode0]])''' their information into the wiki (Fedora account, email and irc nick, statement of past contributions and what they hope to accomplish while a member of FAmSCo) after any existing nominations. '''(Nominations without candidate statements are/are not (decide) accepted [[User:Susmit|susmit]])'''
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Candidates must self-nominate before the close of the announced nomination period by appending (in the order the nomination was made) their information to the appropriate page in the Fedora wiki. Nominations without candidate statements will not be accepted.
  
 
In order to hold an election, a minimum number of candidates are necessary. This will be the number of open seats + 25%. If there are 7 seats available, there will need to be at least 9 candidates. If not enough candidates have signed up by the deadline, the election will be held back by one week for more candidates to be nominated. If there are still not enough candidates, the candidates who are present will be voted upon (or merely confirmed if there are less candidates than open seats).
 
In order to hold an election, a minimum number of candidates are necessary. This will be the number of open seats + 25%. If there are 7 seats available, there will need to be at least 9 candidates. If not enough candidates have signed up by the deadline, the election will be held back by one week for more candidates to be nominated. If there are still not enough candidates, the candidates who are present will be voted upon (or merely confirmed if there are less candidates than open seats).
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Members of FAmSCo will keep their seats until the next election.
 
Members of FAmSCo will keep their seats until the next election.
  
Members can step down at any time for any reason, simply by notifying the rest of the committee '''( and community after explaining the reason -- [[User:Susmit|susmit]])''' of their decision.
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Members can step down at any time for any reason by notifying the rest of the committee as well as the Fedora Ambassadors community of their decision.
  
Members can be removed from the committee for misconduct by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]]  or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If an election becomes necessary upon member removal, the member cannot self-nominate for this election, but the removed member CAN self-nominate for the next orderly election. '''(--[[User:Ke4qqq|ke4qqq]] 18:08, 5 January 2010 (UTC) -- a strict reading of this would lead one to believe that others could nominate the individual who was removed. I'd propose at least s/self-nominate/be nominated/g for the paragraph - alternatively s/self-nominate/run/g should work as well)'''
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Members can be removed from the committee for misconduct by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]]  or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If an election becomes necessary upon member removal, the member cannot run for this election, but the removed member CAN run for the next orderly election.
  
 
== Election of the Chairperson ==
 
== Election of the Chairperson ==
  
Once an election is completed, the committee must elect a Chairperson, subject to ratification by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]].  This will be done by the end of the first FAmSCo meeting that is held after the election. '''(Until then the current chair will continue. He shall hand over the responsibility in the first meeting -- [[User:Susmit|susmit]])''' The FAmSCo Chairperson can be removed by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]] or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If this happens, a new Chairperson must be elected within one week.
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Once an election is completed, the committee must elect a Chairperson, subject to ratification by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]].  This will be done by the end of the first FAmSCo meeting that is held after the election. Until a new Chairperson is elected, the current chair will continue in that role. The FAmSCo Chairperson can be removed by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]] or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If this happens, a new Chairperson must be elected within one week.
  
 
== Appointment of Vice-Chairperson ==
 
== Appointment of Vice-Chairperson ==

Revision as of 15:25, 6 January 2010

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Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election Rules: Proposed Revision
The changes reflected in this document only take effect if approved by FAmSCo.

Contents

Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election Rules

Schedule

FAmSCo members are elected for a term of two (2) major releases of Fedora, unless an election is called early by the Chairperson of the committee, an absolute majority vote of FAmSCo, or by the Fedora Project Board.

FAmSCo was chartered in between Fedora Core 6 and Fedora 7. Therefore, the first set of terms expired after Fedora 8 was released, and future terms expire after every subsequent even numbered Fedora release.

The scheduling of the election will be set by the Fedora Election Coordinator after consultation with the Chairperson. Full details of the schedule will be announced widely prior to the beginning of the nomination period. In conjunction with other Fedora elections, reminder emails will be sent to those who are eligible to vote several times during the course of the election.

The election results will be announced in the fedora-ambassadors-list@redhat.com and other public lists.

Seats on FAmSCo

There are 7 seats on FAmSCo, of which 5 must be filled at all times. A supplementary election must be called immediately if number of active committee members drops below 5 in order to fill the committee's size back up to 7.

Candidates

Candidates may be any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System. This helps ensure FAmSCo members have some experience with the processes of Fedora Ambassadors, but still allows relatively new contributors to sit on FAmSCo and bring fresh ideas to the table.

Candidates must self-nominate before the close of the announced nomination period by appending (in the order the nomination was made) their information to the appropriate page in the Fedora wiki. Nominations without candidate statements will not be accepted.

In order to hold an election, a minimum number of candidates are necessary. This will be the number of open seats + 25%. If there are 7 seats available, there will need to be at least 9 candidates. If not enough candidates have signed up by the deadline, the election will be held back by one week for more candidates to be nominated. If there are still not enough candidates, the candidates who are present will be voted upon (or merely confirmed if there are less candidates than open seats).

If a candidate no longer wishes to be on FAmSCo, they have to withdraw their name from the list of nominations at least 24 hours before the voting period opens, to avoid having their name being added to the ballot.

Members

Members of FAmSCo will keep their seats until the next election.

Members can step down at any time for any reason by notifying the rest of the committee as well as the Fedora Ambassadors community of their decision.

Members can be removed from the committee for misconduct by the Fedora Project Board or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo. If an election becomes necessary upon member removal, the member cannot run for this election, but the removed member CAN run for the next orderly election.

Election of the Chairperson

Once an election is completed, the committee must elect a Chairperson, subject to ratification by the Fedora Project Board. This will be done by the end of the first FAmSCo meeting that is held after the election. Until a new Chairperson is elected, the current chair will continue in that role. The FAmSCo Chairperson can be removed by the Fedora Project Board or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo. If this happens, a new Chairperson must be elected within one week.

Appointment of Vice-Chairperson

No later than one week upon confirmation by the Fedora Project Board, the FAmSCo chairperson will appoint the Vice-Chairperson. The FAmSCo Vice-Chairperson can be removed by the Fedora Project Board or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo. If this happens, a new Vice-Chairperson must be appointed within one week.

Voters

Any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System is eligible to vote in the FAmSCo elections.

Voting System

The Fedora Elections Guide provides information about the voting system for all Fedora elections.

Notes

There are no term limits imposed by this policy. If FAmSCo chooses to impose term limits for its internal positions (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, etc.) those should be specified in the FAmSCo bylaws rather than in this document.